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Marcelo Alvarez - Bel Canto / Rizzi, Welsh National Opera


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60721   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Marcelo AlvarezSara CutlerHuang YingJoseph Anderer,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera OrchestraWelsh National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Young, handsome and talented, Marcello Alvarez represents the next wave of tenors to hit the opera scene. Before becoming a singer, Alvarez was an accountant and assistant manager at a furniture factory in Argentina. With the encouragement of his wife and voice teacher, he decided to "go for it" and pursue his musical career. The rest, as it is said, is history. This disc of bel canto favorites serves as a fine example of Alvarez's broad talent. He seems ideally suited for the role of the Duke in Verdi's 'Rigoletto;' his singing of "Questa o quella" has that precise combination of debonair charm and superficial cruelty. Alvarez sings this material with a kind of ease that comes from only an artist that has done his homework: "La donna Read more e mobile" further illuminates this, and Alvarez seems quite in touch with the defective personality of the Duke. Certainly "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'amore' is a perfect fit for Alvarez, and the opening scene from Bellini's 'I Puritani' (with Ying Huang) is another example of this singer's great technical and musical abilities. The world of finance may have lost an accountant, but the opera world acquired an exceptional new talent. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ella me fu rapita!..." 
3.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Il Duca d'Alba: Angelo casto e bel by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Inosservato penetrava..." 
6.
I puritani: Son salvo...A una fonte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Sara Cutler (Harp), Huang Ying (Soprano), Joseph Anderer (French Horn),
Stewart Rose (French Horn), Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 
8.
Linda di Chamounix: Se tanto in ira agli uomini by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Linda! si ritiro..." 
9.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
10.
La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Favorita del Re!..." 

Sound Samples

Questa o quella from Rigoletto (Voice)
Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime... Possente amor mi chiama from Rigoletto (Act II, No. 8) (Voice)
La donna è mobile from Rigoletto (Voice)
Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore (Voice)
Inosservato penetrava... Angelo casto e bel from Il Duca d'Alba (Act IV) (Voice)
Opening scene from I puritani (Act III, No. 9)* (Voice)
Tombe degli avi miei... Fra poco a me ricovero from Lucia di Lammermoor (Act II, No. 15) (Voice)
Linda! si ritiro... Se tanto in ira agli uomini from Linda di Chomounix (Act II, No. 8) (Voice)
Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... oh mio rimorso! from La traviata (Voice)
Favorita del Re!... Spirto gentil from La favorita (Act III, Scene 2) (Voice)

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